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M. James Slack Collection

Identifier: COU:1471

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of three series; the Mission San Xavier Del Bac, Tucson, Arizona; the Missions, Churches, Pueblos and general materials. The first series consists of photographs of the interior, exterior, doors and windows, paintings, and sculptures. It also contains notes, reports, and drafts detailing the history of the church. The second series includes photographs of churches in New Mexico and Arizona, reports on the churches, correspondence between M. James Slack, and personal items of M. James Slack. The third series contains personal materials not directly pertaining to the survey.


  • 1915 - 1961

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Limited duplication of materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Historical Note

Mr. M. James Slack was an architect who worked on the Historic American Building Survey in 1934. He was born in Denver, Colorado, February 4, 1894, and died in Alamosa, Colorado, where he had been a curator for old Fort Garland.

It appears that this collection is the result of the federal relief project, The Historic American Building Survey, and the Pueblo of Acoma. The survey includes the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The materials are comprised of sketches, layout base lines, secure measurements, and photographs of structures during the process of work. The majority of this collection consists of photographs of Mission San Xavier Del Bac in Tuscon, Arizona. Other photographs include Acoma Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, and other missions and pueblos around Arizona and New Mexico. Many photographs were taken by M. James Slack, but we believe others were taken by Donald W. Dickensheets and annotated by Slack. For a more detailed description of the Historic American Building Survey written by M. James Slack, see Folder 13 in Box 2.


1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection contains photographs and drawings of missions, pueblos, and churches of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. They are produced by the Historic American Building Survey, a federal relief project for out of work architects in 1934. Extensive photographs of the interior and exterior of these structures, as well as the Native Americans living in the buildings at the time, are included.


This collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1: Mission San Xavier del bac, Tuscon, Arizona, 1934 Series 2: Missions, Churches, Pueblos, 1934 Series 3: General Materials, 1915-1940

Elizabeth Payne, Reprocessed by Carolyn Michaels, uploaded by Jennifer Sanchez to ArchivesSpace
1989, 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States